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Embracing the Elements: Curanderismo


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Natural healing can take many forms.  These days, the Latin American “curandera” is re-emerging in the US, after generations of going underground.
On this edition, producer Erica Hellerstein takes us on a journey to identity through an ancient medicinal practice.


  • Lauren Villa, UC Berkeley Graduate Student
  • Atava Swiecicki Garcia Healer
  • Sandra Pacheco, Healer and Professor of Chicana Latina Indigenous Studies at the California Institute of Integral Studies
  • Patricia Torres, owner of Mystical Collections
  • Anna, Psychotherapist and Sol Collective Member
  • Lauren Villa’s father

Special thanks to

  • Claire Schoen
  • Atava Garcia Swiecicki
  • Lauren Villa
  • Sandra Pacheco
  • The members of the Sol Collective.

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